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lonewolf523

Gents,

This walked in to our local pawn shop.  Yes someone was trying to pawn it because they thought it was gold!!  My friend saved it from walking back out the door and gave it to us, Museum of Military Culture here in Dover TN.  The name on the back is Frank Frazier and I know it is almost impossible to find who he was, which is sad!!  The only Frank to have been awarded the Purple Heart and an Air Medal that I can find went missing in the Philippines in 1945.  Most likely will never know but thought you guys might help.

Thanks in advance.

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I have two possibilities here.

one is a double Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient. Served with the Texas national guard and later the 90th ID during WW2(see attached pictures)

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The other possibility being a Marine from Vietnam.(see picture) still looking for info on bothC6E68ED5-2059-470F-9B32-3B30E21FC16F.jpeg.050aaa98a713cbe5ca15320b3c145645.jpeg

I will try and get the links added soon! Best of luck

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I think this is the guy- notice the lack of a middle initial.

 

Allan

 

Frank Frazier


ID: 0-699012
Entered the Service From: California
Rank: First Lieutenant

Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 530th Fighter Squadron, 311th Fighter Group

Died: Sunday, March 25, 1945
Memorialized at: Manila American Cemetery
Location: Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

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lonewolf523

I will look at it today and see if there is a number and take a picture of it.  

Thanks for helping finding out who this Veteran was.  Trying to bring him back!!

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lonewolf523

I checked the medal and the number is 105159.  Anyway to find out which Frank it is?

Thanks for everything and hope I can find out more about this guy.

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That numbered PH was made in 1942 or 43 as part of a Rex Products contract awarded July 1, 1942. Most of the WW1 awards I've seen were numbered below 100,000. This medal would easily fit a 1945 casualty issue date.

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19 hours ago, lonewolf523 said:

I checked the medal and the number is 105159.  Anyway to find out which Frank it is?

Thanks for everything and hope I can find out more about this guy.

 

The number wasn't recorded, so it's not of too much help in ID'ing the right casualty. That said, there was only one Frank Frazier without a middle initial who was KIA, and that's the one Allan posted who was killed in April 1945. I'm comfortable that this is his Purple Heart. 

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lonewolf523

Thanks guys, it is amazing that this turned up and I am happy to have it.  It is also humbling to have it during Memorial Day!!

Thanks again!

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lonewolf523

Thanks, what is sad is a gentlemen just brought by another Purple Heart with four bronze oak leaves!  No name and no number so think it was a replacement.  It was found on top of a box in the dumpster!  It is a crying shame that someone thought so little of it!!!  Two in two months in this small community is crazy!  Try to find out where it came from or at least the general area but no luck.  Looked also in the paper for a veteran who passed away in that time frame and no luck.  Too Sad!!

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lonewolf523

No it was not.  It was next to a major highway and don't think there is anyway to find out who it belonged too.  I have asked a few folks in the area.

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manayunkman

So it was an industrial dumpster for highway construction not a home clean out?

 

With no homes around I would say finding the recipient is impossible.

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So it seems that most agree that your Frank Frazier PH belongs to the pilot from the 530th fighter squadron.  I believe this is your guy -

 

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